The Medical Management of Friedreich’s Ataxia

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by Wendy Henderson |

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While there is no cure for Friedreich’s ataxia, there are treatments that can help patients manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. Treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia consists of medications, physical therapy, and surgery according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Heart problems associated with Friedreich’s ataxia can be managed with drugs, including diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and beta blockers which can all be used to lower the heart’s workload. Insulin is used for those who suffer from ataxia-related diabetes.

Physical therapy is an important part of treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, and although it won’t stop muscle weakness it can help to enhance flexibility. For those who suffer from speech problems or difficulty eating, speech therapists can devise special exercises to help improve these areas.

Surgical procedures can help correct some of the skeletal problems associated with the condition. Scoliosis surgery can help straighten the back for people who suffer from curvature of the spine and there are surgical procedures to address foot deformities.

Research into the role of frataxin in Friedreich’s ataxia is looking at new possible treatments that may fix the genetic mutation so as to slow down or reverse the course of the disease.

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